Interview with Edwina Momoh the Director of Exousia Consulting
“When you take off the clothes, the make-up and all the other things we use to cover up our insecurities – the real you remains.”
“When you realise your self-image is in Christ you will not allow society to make you into a fake photocopy of yourself.”
– Edwina Momoh.
This is the first of our interviews featuring Christians who are making an impact in their society, community and business world.
Edwina Momoh is the Director of Exousia Consulting.
Hi Edwina thanks for your time and for giving us the chance to know more about you and the work you do.
Tell me about you. If you were to sum yourself up in three words what would you say? How would you say your faith and beliefs influences the work you do and how you connect to your target group?
Three words that best describe me are empowering/encouraging, connector, inspiring.
My beliefs encourage me to make a difference wherever I am;as salt and light in the earth.
I aim to be a source of the light of God, to teach, guide people on their journey and the people I come into contact with, believing they will leave enlightened and their lives changed positively by meeting me.
The way I connect to my target group is by being transparent about my life and struggles, sharing what encourages me alongside nuggets I have learnt along the way and being real and open whenever I have the chance to speak about my journey in life.
Your work involves inspiring youth and embedding leadership and confidence skills. Just how important would you say youth work is to raising tomorrows generation.
My desire to encourage, empower and motivate people came from noticing a meeting an awesome young girl many years ago who found me comfortable and open to speak to me about the difficulties she was going through and me offering to be her big sister. I helped her see the possibilities and encouraged her through the process. I was inspired to work with young people in this area as I realised that this was something that was something I did not have as the oldest child growing up. I did not have an older brother/sister looking out for me, I had to find out things myself and from a lot of questioning and sometimes making mistakes. When I saw the results of advising, encouraging and constantly seeing transformation in many lives I made sure this was an essential part of my life. I welcome the chance to work with young people – helping raise future leaders and other doors of mentoring, coaching and training opportunities have also opened for me.
I believe in the quote “give a man a fish and he eats for a day but teach a man to fish and they eat for the rest of their life” and when relating to young people I listen to their point of view and put myself in their shoes and try to see where they are coming from. Then I use real life examples from my life and those who inspire me in order to provide clear strategies, signpost them to opportunities, help develop self-worth, confidence and self-value as well as showing them ways how they can support themselves.
In order to raise tomorrow’s leaders it is so important to ensure that people are raised up to pour into, guide,encourage, inspire and help raise up young people. I am humbled by the opportunity I have to do this.
You do a lot of outreach work abroad – please share some of the projects you have been involved with in the past few years and how they have impacted the communities and countries. If you have any photos please send me one.
I run a social enterprise Exousia Consulting and a portion of the profits goes to charitable causes. I have been involved with a charity called Compassion for two years and started sponsoring a child in Kenya for as little as £21 a month.
I’ve had a heart for orphans for a long while and when I was given the opportunity to speak to youth in Ghana in 2014 via a ministry trip, I felt the need to extend my stay, fundraise and embark on my first educational and orphanage mission trip.
In Ghana I met many young adults who needed encouragement to believe that they can make it in life – that they can break out of the box life circumstances might be trying to put them in. It was a chance to share about leadership, their gifts and shared ideas, career guidance and work and business development. The response was great, lives were impacted and I am still in touch with many of them – sharing and coaching.
I was also able to make donations to some orphanages with some of the items I had brought with me such as nappies, school equipment, toiletries and some food items. I was struck by how much we take for granted here – things that are basic to us are luxury items to these orphans. Despite their circumstances and the heart-breaking stories I heard they were full of joy and gratitude and we were able to spread the love of God and encourage them.
As a Christian I feel it is our duty to extend a loving hand to the poor, orphans, widows, destitute and homeless and unfortunate. We are blessed to be a blessing. Besides that is was Jesus would do.
I’ve also been involved in youth projects such as Leaders from the Ends was a Hackney initiative piloted last year to help encourage more mentors for young black boys and inspire them into talks, games and positive leadership via role models in the community.
How did you come to know the Lord?
I was brought up in Catholic household so I knew about God since I was a young girl. But became born again at the age of 21 after a friend invited me to church after playing a basketball game. I could not believe this fun guy went to church and wanted to see this “church” he went to. I found myself at the altar weeping as I responded to an altar call about coming into a relationship with God and taking him seriously. I experienced real love for the first time in my life and have been on an amazing adventure with Christ ever since.
Apart from working with the youth give aupdate about other work Exousia Consulting is involved in
Exousia is a vibrant, creative, global social enterprise organisation that offers strategic advice, social media marketing consultancy, training to youth, young adults, entrepreneurs and change management solutions to impact and grow individuals and organisations.
Our expertise comes from over 9 years’ experience of working in marketing & public sector enabling us to use a range of different marketing mediums to turn ideas into sales and concepts into cash for businesses.
Break out the box is an innovative training program and media platform run by Exousia Consulting for youth, young adults and entrepreneurs. It consists of BE R.E.A.L Training: Relationships, Entrepreneurship, Attitude, Leadership in Life! I have plans to develop into a TV Show that challenges peoples comfort zones, think and act differently and create a new set of rules creating an atmosphere to encourage people to believe the unbelievable & do the impossible. Join the movement email@example.com/ @BreakoutdaboxTV.
You were listed in the top 20 under 35 African Change makers by the African Youth Awards team in the African viewpoint journal and how would you say this has made you a role model for other young women?
I felt so humbled about being on the list. I am very passionate about getting more women in leadership roles. This was not something I saw while growing up. I want to encourage young women they can be leaders any sphere of influence they find themselves. Leadership is about influence and I aim to use my influence to inspire young people to be change agents and break out the restrictions trying to stop them from maximising their potential.
We have recently celebrated the International Day for Women 2015 – if you were to address a room of young women in their teens – and give them some golden rules to guide them – what would they be?
Wow some golden rules to guide women who are different in so many ways! I would try to narrow it down to one thing and that is the fact that I believe that discovering you really are is the first step to your success. It’s a lifelong journey but starts with a relationship with God. You are the best project to work on and release to the world.”
I also believe that once you discover who you are – confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, career goals, direction, faith, persistence, going for goals, looking and feeling good etc. start from this one point. We get ourselves in trouble by copying others, wearing masks, doing what works for others, instead of working on discovering ourselves, what works best for us and realising the assignment God has given to us to complete.
There is a lot of emphasis in the media about how women look, their size and how they dress and this in turn puts a lot of pressure on young people feeling that they have to be a certain size and look a certain way in order to make it in life. As Christians our self-image is wrapped up in our relationship with God and how He celebrates us – in the Bible we are told we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. What are your thoughts about this?
This is very true and something I’ve had to deal with personally. We are living in a highly sexualized society and the media tries to dictate society’s idea of beauty in terms of size, shape, style, complexion etc.
I try to tell young women that God has designed them for a purpose and they are beautiful in His sight and celebrate the fact they are fearfully and wonderfully made . I believe that the way I look is part of His specific design for the call on my life. I’m made this way for a reason, a place, a time and a certain people who will embrace what I look like. But I had to embrace myself first and learnt in my twenties to love and value myself and that frees me to be confident and others have to accept me as I am.
When you are authentic you are the pacesetters other follow. You create your own fashion. We need to spend more time on what is in the inner man and that is what attracts authentic people into our lives.
When you take off the clothes, the make-up and all the other things we use to cover up our insecurities – the real you remains.
When you realise your self-image is in Christ you will not allow society to make you into a fake photocopy of yourself.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I hope to have broken out of more boxes and organising training in UK and abroad for future leaders, travelling and teaching, married with at least one child (maybe two) and speaking to a global audience. I also hope to have started to build my first orphanage/children’s training centre for 500-1,000 youth and have my own TV show aimed at inspiring and training people to be change agents and the best God has called them to be.
What is your favourite scripture?
My favourite two at the moment are:
“He who has called you is faithful and will do it.” – 1 Thes 5:24
“Now unto him, who is able todo exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” – Eph 3:20
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time and what is your favourite programme.
I love socializing and anything to do with going out and meeting people, watching films at home/cinema and anything fun which helps me think creatively. I don’t have a favourite programme as I don’t watch TV unless something interesting comes on that catches my attention.
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
There are quite a few but I am not permitted to tell as it involves other people!
Oh. OK. We will let you off then!
Many thanks Edwina for sharing your work and your life with us. Please provide your website, blog and where you can be reached for professional purposes.
Please find below.
Twitter: @exousiaconsultn @breakouttheboxtv